programming

noun pro·gram·ming \ ˈprō-ˌgra-miŋ , -grə- \
variants: or less commonly programing
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of programming

1 : the planning, scheduling, or performing of a program
2 a : the process of instructing or learning by means of an instructional program
b : the process of preparing an instructional program for a device (such as a computer)

Examples of programming in a Sentence

  1. The news conference interrupted regular television programming.

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First Known Use of programming

1896


PROGRAMMING Defined for English Language Learners

programming

noun

Definition of programming for English Language Learners

  • : the act or job of creating computer programs

  • : a schedule of television or radio broadcasts



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